Clamps and Gaskets is a weekly wrap-up of stories that I have not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com, but that, nevertheless, I find interesting or germane.
Most are concerned with beer, or wine, or whisk(e)y. Some are not. But all are brief. And many are re-posts from my Twitter account: twitter.com/cizauskas.
This is Week 15:
12 April - 18 April 2009
Campaign for Real Ale (http://www.camra.org.uk) may vote today to allow ales served via cask breathers to be listed in Good Beer Guide.
Grow your own .. hops, and barley that is. The Mad Fermentationist reviews 'The Homebrewer's Garden'. http://bit.ly/p0EXH
The Wall Street Journal reports that OVERALL US beer sales are down 4% in the first two months of 2009. http://bit.ly/39KFBw. What are the figures for 'craft' beer for the first two months?
The Wall Street Journal reports that sales of imported beer fell 19% in the first two months of 2009. http://bit.ly/o0O1G
Just Drinks.com reports the first fall in US wine sales in 15 years. http://tinyurl.com/dmnanz
Real Beer Wars: In Alabama, freethehops.org is fighting to pass the Gourmet Beer Bill, allowing beers of greater than 6% abv. http://bit.ly/RDl02
Wine giant Constellation Brands posts a 2008 loss of $301million, to cut 5% of its global workforce. http://bit.ly/Qp8H
Got $82 million? Anheuser-Busch InBev selling Rolling Rock. There's probably a discount. http://bit.ly/xrdJ
Read jack Curtin's blog piece on baseball Philadelphia Phillies longtime announcer Harry Kalas who died suddenly on Monday before the Washington DC Nationals home opener. http://bit.ly/Rm6d5
11 Useful Twitter Tools That Don’t Require Your Password: http://tinyurl.com/chsp6d
Wall Street Journal reports that cyberspies penetrated the U.S. electrical grid; Homeland Security had no comment. http://tinyurl.com/dbcp84
Beer wars in real life: MolsonCoors files suit in Puerto Rico against a lower excise tax exemption there for small brewers. http://bit.ly/ctbXp
Why the Mad Fermentationist WON'T be going to the Beer Wars movie. http://bit.ly/1a1LCa (Read the comments as well.)
Want to guarantee that your pint of beer IS actually 16 oz? @Beervana has a new Facebook page for the Honest Pint Project. http://tinyurl.com/dkxyle
Jay Brooks of Brookston beer Bulletin to assume the late Bill Brand's Bottoms Up blog and Oakland Tribune newspaper column. http://tinyurl.com/ctl8zd
http://twitpic.com/362q8 - Camilla the Hun of DC Roller Girls stopped by the Rock Bottom Brewpub in Arlington Virginia for the International Cask Ale Toast.